Recurring brachial plexus neuropathy in a diabetic patient after shoulder surgery and continuous interscalene block

  • Horlocker T
  • O'Driscoll S
  • Dinapoli R
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IMPLICATIONS: The performance of regional blockade on a patient with a preexisting neurologic condition or a history of neurologic complications after regional anesthesia is controversial. We present a case of recurring brachial plexus neuropathy in a diabetic patient after two shoulder procedures performed 4 mo apart. In both cases, the patient underwent intensive physical therapy with continuous postoperative interscalene analgesia.

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  • Adult
  • Brachial Plexus Neuropathies/*etiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1/*complications
  • Electromyography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nerve Block/*adverse effects
  • Postoperative Complications/*physiopathology
  • Recurrence
  • Shoulder/*surgery

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  • T T Horlocker

  • S W O'Driscoll

  • R P Dinapoli

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